External Medical Devices and the TSA

Q My husband has a food tube implanted in his stomach. He uses nutritional supplements to feed himself several times a day. Do you know if there are any TSA rules governing wearing a food tube onto the plane? We are hoping to travel to Orlando the end of February and want to be prepared.

A. Passengers are allowed to bring external medical devices aboard flights, and this includes food tubes.

Your husband should alert a TSA officer prior to screening that he has a food tube and present the officer with a TSA notification card. It's also a good idea to bring along a note from a physician and any other medical documentation.

You'll find more info on traveling with external medical devices at TSA.gov.

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